Stanley Spencer

1891-1959

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Status, estimate and price by artist Stanley Spencer

Price of a painting: 450 – 3,000,000 €.

Price of a drawing: 170 – 29,100 €.

Estimation of a print: 50 – 6,000 €.

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Stanley Spencer, an artist from a very young age

Stanley Spencer, now known as “Sir Stanley Spencer” was a 20th century British painter. Coming from a family of artists, he grew up in a cultured atmosphere. He was born in Cookham on 29 June 1891 and died in Cliveden on 13 December 1959.

He entered several major art schools at the age of 14, where he began to practice drawing and architectural design. He took part in the two Great Wars, and will remain deeply marked by these experiences. He expresses this trauma in a large number of paintings.

Stanley Spencer became a member of the Royal Academy and was knighted in 1959, the year he died.

From an innocent artist to the war

All of Stanley Spencer’s works were painted under the influence of the Italian Primitives. This current is marked by the humanisation of characters and the appearance of complex architecture and landscapes.

Stanley Spencer was inspired by three main and recurring themes – resurrection, war and love. He gradually asserted his own style of painting, but whatever the theme, all his canvases have in common the direct or indirect reference to his native Cookham. Stanley Spencer saw this village as his own paradise, created by the innocent memories of his childhood.

Works inspired by personal events

Stanley Spencer’s entire career was marked by three distinct periods.

The first period is characterised by biblical scenes, highlighting the mystery of the Trinity. His painting characterises the great humanist principles such as redemption, and biblical principles such as the crucifixion. It is particularly in this perspective that he painted “The Navity” in 1912.

Then Stanley Spencer painted on a theme dedicated to war. He captures the horror of the soldier’s life on the battlefield as well as the joy of families returning home to their loved ones. From 1923 to 1936, he worked on a series of murals called “The Resurrection, Cookham”. This is still considered to be one of the major works of British art of his time.

Finally, from the 1930s onwards, Stanley Spencer adopted a style influenced by his sexual preoccupations. Influenced by his divorce and then by the death of his second wife, these works move away from the idyllic concept of his hometown to give way to a certain personal frustration. This is notably what is transcribed in “Double Nude Portait” of 1936.

Recognising Stanley Spencer’s signature

Like many artists, Stanley Spencer did not sign all of his works. However, you will find below an example of a signature in order to give you a first idea. Variations of this signature exist: do not hesitate to contact one of our experts to authenticate a signature in a formal way.

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Appraising and selling a painting by Stanley Spencer

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